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XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released 195

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New submitter themib writes "After only two release candidates XBMC v11.0 Eden has been released. The latest version contains many updates and new features, including: Addon Rollbacks, Confluence improvements, Dirty region rendering, a new JPEG decoder, movie scraping, better network support, a new upgraded Weather service. This announcement also heralds the new XBMCbuntu Final."
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XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released

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  • Re:XB-emmma Wha? (Score:5, Informative)

    by icebraining (1313345) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @10:29PM (#39463893) Homepage

    "XBMC site:slashdot.org" returns 6000 results, so they probably assume /. readers already know what it is.

    In any case,

    XBMC Media Center (formerly Xbox Media Center) is a free and open source cross-platform digital media hub and HTPC (Home theater PC) software with a 10-foot user interface designed to be a media player for the living-room TV using only a remote control as the input device. Its graphical user interface (GUI) allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from a harddrive, optical disc, local network, and the internet using only a few buttons.

    (From Wikipedia)

  • by Laebshade (643478) <laebshade@gmail.com> on Saturday March 24, 2012 @10:31PM (#39463905)

    XBMC is meant for media centers. If you're not using it on a PC you're using as a media center, then XBMC is likely not for you. It is called "XBMC Media Center" for a reason.

  • by Deltaspectre (796409) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @10:36PM (#39463927)
    I seem to remember when they gave up support on xbox, the official name was changed to just XBMC. So it's not an acronym anymore.
  • by niftydude (1745144) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @10:59PM (#39463997)

    But on a modern PC? Running a variety of programs to handle each individual media type in a manner I prefer for them doesn't present any sort of burden to me or to the system. I have no real reason to stay within the context of a single program that can do-it-all - I just make a new desktop shortcut to my preferred handler of format-X, and bam, I have it always instantly available to me.

    XBMC is about the interface. XBMC is all-in-one, and it is nice and remote control friendly. Your solution with desktop shortcuts requires you to have a mouse and a keyboard, and so that solution is a burden to you, even if it isn't a burden to the system.

    Not only does XBMC handler MCE remotes correctly out of the box, with the libCEC library it can also handle signals from the remote controls of most television remotes from the libCEC signal which is sent over one of the wires on the HDMI interface. It makes for a much nicer browsing and viewing experience when your pc is connected to a large screen on the other side of your room.

  • by crash123 (2523388) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @11:29PM (#39464073)
    mplayer is not the 'main decoder' for XBMC. XBMC uses its own media player called dvdplayer and ffmpeg.
  • Re:Just installed (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Psychopath (18031) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @11:33PM (#39464095) Homepage

    Question: What advantages do you see over Windows media center in Windows 7? Not having run XBMC since leaving XP in 09 I am curious as to what advantages you find over what is built into Win 7, is it better on resources? does it give you more Internet TV options? How is its hardware acceleration? Because while i can see the advantages clearly for something like the pi, where you are talking about a device that takes less power than your average cable box I just don't see offhand what advantages one could get from XBMC running on top of win 7.

    Primarily it's format agnosticism and skin capabilities. 99% of my library is in MKV format, which WMC does not care for, and the Alaska Revisited skin is gorgeous.

    It does take advantage of hardware acceleration.

  • by crash123 (2523388) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @11:37PM (#39464111)
    Work is being done on a port for Android but it is slow. See http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=119705 [xbmc.org]
  • Re:XB-emmma Wha? (Score:5, Informative)

    by game kid (805301) on Sunday March 25, 2012 @12:33AM (#39464279) Homepage

    Yup, that's a technical term [wikipedia.org]! You definitely wouldn't want the usual 2-foot computer UI when you're on your couch fairly far from your screen. Heck, I have my occasional issues with it when I'm not so far...

  • by Spodi (2259976) on Sunday March 25, 2012 @12:48AM (#39464323)
    Dirty region rendering is where you only redraw areas that need to be updated instead of drawing the whole screen every frame. It was a lot more common in the older days, and can still be useful for low-power, low-performance devices to keep a larger screen up-to-date. This is precisely why XBMC is implementing it - to reduce overhead of a mostly-idle screen (lower power usage when not viewing media). And I am very happy to see that - too much software doesn't care how much demand it puts on the system as long as it looks good. There is so much being put into trying to make hardware more energy efficient, but an even easier low-hanging fruit is the software.
  • Re:XBMC vs. WMC (Score:3, Informative)

    by TemplePilot (2035400) on Sunday March 25, 2012 @12:59AM (#39464339) Journal
    WMC is 'nice' for OTA HDTV if you have a CM4221 antenna + ATSC tuner combo ( or QAM if you have a cable connection), which I do enjoy. XBMC on the other hand with plugin's and aggreators... gives me online access to so much more than WMC can and greatly enhances usablilty between my pc & HDTV, its the epitome of convergence in technology at this stage of the game.

    Now, if I could only get XBMC shoehorned stand alone into a high end "smart" HDTV with wifi to my LAN. It just might make for the ultimate home theatre pc experience I so crave.
  • Re:Just installed (Score:5, Informative)

    by BLKMGK (34057) <.morejunk4me. .at. .hotmail.com.> on Sunday March 25, 2012 @01:14AM (#39464363) Homepage Journal

    I see under 25% CPU utilization with an ATOM\ION box that draws less than 20watts decoding 1080P and surround sound audio. It easy to control with my phone, an IRDA remote, or a WEB browser. It plays nearly any format and can play audio or video from my iPhone as well as display pictures from it. It also didn't cost me anything to install since Linux is free and so is XBMC. Since I run multiple HTPC this is nice in that it saves me money. It's nice that it's constantly improving too!

  • by Scyber (539694) on Sunday March 25, 2012 @01:21AM (#39464381)
    Well the Eden logo in TFA refers to it as XBMC Media Center. In addition the logo used on wiki.xbmc.org (similar to the eden logo) also refers to it as xbmc media center. So you can keep "correcting" people if you want, but if the official site uses XBMC Media Center it is obviously an acceptable name for the product.
  • by wanzeo (1800058) on Sunday March 25, 2012 @01:48AM (#39464461)

    Yup. XBMC can be more for the people you live with than it for yourself. For instance, there are iphone and android apps that work as a remote through the wifi. Not only is this practical because you skip the tedious IR remotes, but people absolutely LOVE the idea of using their phone as a remote. I even bought a $50 Samsung Repp (low end android phone, no contract) that just sits on the coffee table as an XBMC remote.

    A nice added bonus is that it provides a way to retire old desktops without throwing them away or having to buy specialized AV gear. And it has even been demonstrated to run on the Raspberry Pi! In fact, now that I mention it, I REALLY LOVE XBMC!

  • Re:Just installed (Score:5, Informative)

    by Lussarn (105276) on Sunday March 25, 2012 @04:13AM (#39464719)

    I just this weekend dropped my homebuilt system I have been using for over 10 years, have not seen anything which has ALL the features I want before. I'm very impressed by this piece of software. Scales really well to big collections, nice fast "GF proof" UI and pretty stable. HD Audio (DTS-HDMA, TrueHD) is still missing in the Linux version which is a bummer but I can live without that and start from the CLI when I need the full experience, don't happen that often. The scraper (matching movies to get actors, descriptions and so on) works really well and altough some cleaning up was needed it didn't take too long. There are cheap iPhone and android apps to browse and start movies, also without using the phone as a remote, and more as a browser. Using as remote pretty much sucks on a touchscreen since you can't feel the buttons. I'm very glad I tried this and hope it will be a keeper for years to come. Now of to install the new version since I installed the RC yesterday.

  • by Gaygirlie (1657131) <gaygirlieNO@SPAMhotmail.com> on Sunday March 25, 2012 @05:01AM (#39464815) Homepage

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XBMC#Video_player_cores

    Video player cores

    XBMC uses two different multimedia video player 'cores' for video-playback. The first video-player 'core' for video-playback is an in-house developed cross-platform media player, "DVDPlayer", originally designed to play back DVD-Video movies, and this includes support native for DVD-menus, (based on the free open source libraries code libdvdcss and libdvdnav). This FFmpeg based video-player 'core' today supports all widespread mainstream formats. One relatively unusual feature of this DVD-player core is the capability to on-the-fly pause and play DVD-Video movies that are stored in ISO and IMG DVD-images or DVD-Video (IFO/VOB/BUP) images (even directly from uncompressed RAR and ZIP archives), from either local harddrive storage or network-share storage.[2][13][16]

    The second video-player 'core' for video-playback in XBMC is another in-house developed open source player, "DSPlayer", which today is only used as an experimental video player in a Git development branch of XBMC for Windows and not in any other versions of XBMC. This "DSPlayer" is a Direct Show based media player which with the help of FFmpeg can play practically all common media formats and in addition also make XBMC for Windows handle all formats and containers normally supported in Windows with the help of third-party proprietary Direct Show filters installed on the system.[58]

    So, no, it does not use Mplayer.

  • Most of those codecs like X264? ILLEGAL in any country that signed Berne, all that? Is patented.

    I thought Berne was about copyrights, not patents.

    ALL the major formats ARE PATENTED

    True, but all patents essential to VP8 are licensed permissively.

    Mark my words the next version of H.26x WILL have DRM support

    I thought digital restrictions management was a feature of a container, not a codec. For example, CSS is part of the DVD container, which is based on the MPEG-2 container, and doesn't touch the codec at all. The closest thing to DRM in a codec is BD+, which warps parts of the frame to make them friendlier to the underlying codec (and can disable unwarping in an environment that appears not to conform to the system's C&R rules), and I haven't seen anything other than Blu-ray that implements anything remotely like BD+.

  • Re:Just installed (Score:5, Informative)

    by Stalks (802193) * on Sunday March 25, 2012 @11:51AM (#39466447)

    Runs real smooth on an Intel Atom based system (Acer Revo R3600 & R3700). Can't get much more under powered than that.

    I think the trick is to use a graphics card that can offload the video playback.

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